12/03/12 9:33 PM ET
Huntington hoping not to rush Cole's development
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Kyle McPherson, a rotation hopeful, cut short his stay in the Dominican Winter League due to "shoulder fatigue," according to Huntington, who expects the righty to be rested up and ready to go in Spring Training. Huntington, on some of the left-handed starters (John Lannan, Manny Parra, Tom Gorzelanny) who became available as free agents upon not being tendered contracts: "In a perfect world, you would like some balance [in the rotation]. But it's all about getting five guys you feel best about." Outfielder Jose Tabata, forbidden to play winter ball in his native Venezuela, instead has been holed up with a personal trainer in Florida. "Conditioning is big for him," Huntington said. "We've got to get him back to where he was a couple of years ago. He got to a bad spot last year."
The Last Word
"For us, the biggest move this offseason was going to be the catcher. It will allow us to be patient into the deep part of the offseason. We handled our biggest need before coming into the Meetings." -- Huntington, on how the signing of Russell Martin is affecting the Pirates' offseason dynamic.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.